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Is Air Pollution Driving Rich Chinese To Emigrate?

China risks losing a growing number of so-called "environmental migrants."

In Beijing
In Beijing
Ma Liang

BEIJING — Since the beginning of winter, many Chinese cities, including the capital, have repeatedly been shrouded in air pollution. But the horrendous air quality not only depresses people: It is literally driving more and more of them to pack up and leave China's booming coastal cities, and even to consider emigration.

The latest Hurun Report of the richest Chinese showed that fleeing from environmental pollution is now one of the three top reasons cited by China's wealthy for leaving the country for good. Though studies on a direct relationship between environmental pollution and international migration are so far limited, two Singapore university professors' findings offer a good glimpse into the issue. Based on research from 153 large cities, and from the "migration" search index of Baidu — China's largest search engine — it is clear that the more serious the air pollution, the higher the positive correlation with online searches using keywords related to emigration.

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Robot Artists And Us: Who Decides The Aesthetics Of AI?

Ai-Da is touted as the first bonafide robot artist. But should we consider her paintings and poetry original or creative? Is this even art at all?

Ai-Da at work

Leah Henrickson and Simone Natale

Ai-Da sits behind a desk, paintbrush in hand. She looks up at the person posing for her, and then back down as she dabs another blob of paint onto the canvas. A lifelike portrait is taking shape. If you didn’t know a robot produced it, this portrait could pass as the work of a human artist.

Ai-Da is touted as the “first robot to paint like an artist”, and an exhibition of her work called Leaping into the Metaverse opened at the Venice Biennale.

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